SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 21, 2013

Middleton man charged with OUI after crash

BY JULIE MANGANIS
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — A Middleton man has been charged with drunken driving and driving to endanger following a crash on Collins Street in Danvers early yesterday.

Andrew Ouellette, 27, of 12A Lake St. pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment yesterday in Salem District Court, where he was released on his own recognizance with a condition that he not drive while the case is pending.

The arrest came after Patrolmen Scott Frost and Michael Balsley went to the scene of the crash, near Highland Meadows, shortly after midnight and found a Jeep that had crashed into a utility pole, according to a police report.

Ouellette and his passenger, who were not injured, told the officers that they had just left the Sylvan Street Grille in Peabody. After a series of field sobriety tests, Ouellette was arrested. He refused a Breathalyzer test.

Throughout the arrest, Ouellette repeatedly apologized to Frost for placing the officer “in a bad position” and said “he knew what we had to do.”

Ouellette is the son of Danvers police Chief Neil Ouellette.

Ouellette is due back in court Feb. 7.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.